Big Announcement! Employer Advantage Expands Into the Phoenix Area With the Acquisition of Choice Employer’s Resource

Exciting news! Employer Advantage has expanded into the Greater Phoenix area with the acquisition of Choice Employer’s Resource, an HR services company in Mesa, Arizona. The sale was finalized June 1, 2020.

This will add a third Employer Advantage location to serve clients with personalized, strategic outsourced HR services. It will allow us to help more businesses lift their administrative burden to improve profitability and growth. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and a growth incubator for startups and good-paying jobs in a variety of sectors. This makes small to midsize Phoenix companies a natural fit for outsourced HR services that help them run lean while still providing the excellent benefits that retain employees.

Employer Advantage President & CEO Jared Young spoke about the acquisition: “Small and mid-sized businesses typically don’t have the resource in house for all of the administrative, HR and compliance functions today’s employers have to handle, and that causes a tremendous burden. It stifles growth and profitability. Our goal is to free employers from that burden so they can focus on their business success.”

Shared company values and a personal connection were also important factors in the acquisition.

“Choice shares our values and our commitment to a high standard of service,” Young said. “We’ve known the owners, Brad Bowman and Steve Winger, for many years and have the highest respect for them and their company.”

Bowman and Winger will stay on as employees of Employer Advantage, continuing to work with and support existing and new Phoenix area clients.

“While we’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished as a business, we have been looking for a larger partner to help us meet our clients’ evolving needs,” Bowman said. “Employer Advantage is ideal because they have our same dedication to personalized service, but they are large enough to bring additional resources and technology to the table.”

Back to Work | A Coronavirus Reopening Checklist for Employers

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From devastating pandemic to enemy of the economy, COVID-19 has rapidly ravaged normalcy in the workplace. There are still many unknowns about the extensive measures necessary to properly reopen, which has employers struggling to create a plan to safely and successfully bring employees back to work.

We are sharing a checklist we have created and use to aid our clients in creating a customized safety policy and associated training for their organization to reopen their business. Employer Advantage will continue to monitor this developing situation and provide appropriate updates.

REOPENING CHECKLIST:

When considering reopening, the two questions below should be considered first. You should only consider reopening if you can answer “yes” to both questions.

  1. Are you in a community no longer requiring significant mitigation?
  2. Are protective measures in place for employees, especially those in higher risk categories (e.g. teleworking, tasks that minimize contact)?

If the answer to either of these is “no,” we recommend continuing current limited work or work-from-home procedures until you are advised by local authorities that your community is no longer under imminent threat, and measures can be established to protect those employees who are most vulnerable. If you are able to answer “yes” to both, the next step is to develop a thorough return-to-work plan with appropriate safety precautions.

1) Safety Planning  

The overriding consideration for any employer is workplace safety. No other success in business will compensate for loss of employees through negligence in the workplace. Every business is unique. We recommend reviewing the “Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to help create your company-specific reopening safety plan. OSHA also offers industry-specific checklists to help implement your process.

Additionally, the following interim guidance is designed to assist organizations in restoring their daily Operations. This information is based on what is currently known about COVID-19, along with guidance from the CDC and OSHA.

2) Safety Actions

If you choose to allow employees back into your workplace, the following safety actions should be adopted across your company.

  • Promote healthy hygiene practices by all employees (e.g. frequent hand washing and use of sanitizer if available).
  • Intensify your normal cleaning and disinfecting routines.
  • Avoid face to face meetings if possible. Instead use video calling, emails, or the phone whenever possible, even when in the same building.
  • Limit employee gatherings to small groups.
  • Keep meetings as short as possible. Find a room that will allow maximum amount of distance between personnel.
  • Stagger break and lunch times to limit large gatherings.
  • Consider canceling all non-essential travel and continue to encourage the use of alternative commuting and telework.
  • Ensure seating and workstations are at least 6 feet apart from one another.
  • Prohibit the use of shared items, tools and spaces. Avoid physical contact.
  • Document your safety plan in writing and train all employees on the new safety changes.
  • Limit visitors to the facility and control access to limited areas if allowed into the facility.

 3) Monitoring Employees

Implement safeguards to monitor the ongoing health of your employees.

  • Encourage or require all employees who are sick to stay home.
  • Establish routine, daily employee health checks (e.g. temperature check before entering work). EEOC guidance on the confidential collection and documentation of health checks can be found here. 
  • Monitor absenteeism and have flexible time off policies.

4) The Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLEA programs are in effect until December 31, 2020.

  • Have an action plan established if an employee gets COVID-19.
  • Create and test emergency communications for employees.
  • Monitor ongoing news and communications from state and local health authorities. If the status of your state or local area changes, you should be prepared to shut down immediately.

5) Preparing the Workplace for Reopening

Prior to reopening, you will need to prepare the physical workspace for employees, customers and visitors to reenter. The following guidance is from the CDC and should be reviewed when implementing cleaning procedures at your facilities after stay-at-home orders are lifted.

If your indoor facility has been unoccupied within the last seven days, the CDC recommends normal, routine cleaning of these areas. For areas that have been occupied within the last seven days, the CDC recommends that frequently touched surfaces and objects made of hard and non-porous materials (glass, metal, or plastic) be cleaned and disinfected more frequently. Those frequently touched areas made of soft and porous materials (e.g. carpet, rugs, seat cushions) should be cleaned thoroughly or laundered. Removal of soft and porous materials in traffic areas would be recommended if possible. All other surfaces and objects that are not frequently touched should be cleaned on a routine basis.

Outdoor areas should maintain existing cleaning practices. However, if no cleaning practices currently exist, a cleaning routine should be established. Viruses are more likely to be killed by warmer temperatures and sunlight. Provide remote shopping alternatives for customers, including click-and-collect, delivery, pick-up, and shop-by-phone, to limit customers in the establishment. Set up designated pick-up areas. Control the flow of traffic into the establishment by ensuring that maximum capacity plans are adjusted and managed at the front door.

6) Maintaining Vigilance

Once you open your doors and welcome employees and others back into your facility, your work is not completed. All routine cleaning and disinfection procedures should continue with the frequency that you have established in order to reduce the potential for exposure. Continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions in your local area. If necessary, be prepared to close your facility if another outbreak occurs.

Links to other helpful articles for your business regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic:

COVID-19 “LIFEBOATS” FOR EMPLOYERS | Businesses Need to Get On Board Now

EMPLOYERS BEWARE | Reopening the Country Puts Businesses at Great Risk

ALL RECENT ARTICLES 

About Employer Advantage

A New Path to HR Bliss – Trusted for more than 30 years, Employer Advantage frees you from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so you can focus on your business success. Versatile enough for companies of all sizes, our unique service combines comprehensive management of your employee administration and compliance with the latest software solutions, tailored to meet your individual needs and company culture. Our full-service management of HR, payroll, health and benefits, workplace safety, and more, enhances your profitability while reducing the costs and risks associated with employment law compliance. We provide your employees with top-notch assistance and benefits that help you increase productivity, save time and money, and attract and retain a talented workforce. And for small and mid-sized businesses, we bring you economy of scale with access to Fortune-500-level benefits, specialty assistance, and savings that would not be possible to attain on your own. Headquartered in the Midwest and serving more than 400 companies and 10,000 worksite employees throughout the country, Employer Advantage is an IRS-Certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO) (C-PEO). Experienced, certified, and trusted. www.EmployerAdvantage.com

 

American Payroll Association Year-End and Next Year Preparation Seminar | Dec 13, 2019, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited for this seminar addressing the complex compliance issues of year-end, including the latest changes in legislation and regulations that affect the close of one year and the beginning of the next. Lunch is included.

RE-CERTIFICATION CREDIT
Earn up to 6 Re-certification Credit Hours (RCHs), 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

DATE & TIME
When: Friday, December 13th, 2019
Where: Employer Advantage, 1027 S Main St. Suite 401, Joplin MO in the Gryphon Building

Check-In: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Class: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
• Learn how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will continue to impact your organization
• Examine the DOL’s proposed increase in the white-collar exemption salary threshold
• Understand the redesigned 2020 Form W-4
• Find out the latest developments in the resumption of SSA’s no match letters

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Payroll, human resources, systems, accounting, and finance professionals responsible for payroll operations and involved in year-end processing.

DISCOUNT PRICING
$475.00 per person for registration by November 22, 2019
$500.00 per person for registration after 11/22/2019
This pricing is LESS than the APA Member pricing of $489 for members and the non-member price of $729. Since Employer Advantage is hosting, there is NO difference for non-members to come to our event. PLUS, you have NO travel costs to go out of town to attend. Lunch will also be provided and is included in this cost.

For more detailed information of meeting agenda, visit https://info.americanpayroll.org/pdfs/courses/19-pfye.pdf

TO REGISTER:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Please email Debbie@employeradvantage.comAfter registering, an invoice will be emailed to you from Square. If you wish to pay by check instead of credit card, please indicate that when you email Debbie. If you have any questions please email Debbie or call 417-782-3909, ext. 148. 

This seminar is hosted by Employer Advantage and Joplin Chapter or SW MO-Local Chapter of the APA.

About Employer Advantage                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A New Path to HR Bliss — Trusted for more than 30 years, Employer Advantage frees business leaders from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so they can focus on what they do best: helping their business succeed. Our unique service combines comprehensive management of employee administration and compliance responsibilities and the latest software solutions, tailored to meet your individual needs and company culture. Without the expense of additional staff, our full-service management of HR, Payroll, Health and Benefits, Workplace Safety, Training, and more, enhances your profitability while reducing the costs associated with employment laws and the significant penalties for the failure to comply with them. We provide your employees with top-notch assistance and benefits that help you increase productivity, save time and money, and attract and retain a talented workforce. Headquartered in the Midwest and freeing more than 400 companies throughout the country, Employer Advantage is the trusted IRS-Certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO). We offer free consultations and strategic assessment of business needs, with quick-and-easy account setup and seamless transitions. 417-782-3909 | Toll-Free 800-467-3909 | info@EmployerAdvantage.com | Learn More: www.EmployerAdvantage.com

Sneak Preview of Renovation Plans for Employer Advantage’s New Headquarters | Moving In Fall 2020!

We wanted to thank the #JACC and everyone who joined us for the November Morning Brew! For those who were unable to attend, we are sharing the sneak preview photos of the renovation plans for our new headquarters – the former bowling alley off North Rangline Rd. in Joplin. We are looking forward to a Fall 2020 move-in!

About Employer Advantage
A New Path to HR Bliss — Trusted for more than 25 years, Employer Advantage frees business leaders from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so they can focus on what they do best: helping their business succeed. For energetic entrepreneurs, mid-sized businesses, or large corporations, our unique service combines comprehensive management of employee administration and compliance responsibilities and the latest software solutions, tailored to meet your individual needs and company culture. Without the expense of additional staff, our full-service management of HR, Payroll, Health and Benefits, Workplace Safety, Training, and more, enhances your profitability while reducing the costs associated with employment laws and the significant penalties for the failure to comply with them. We provide your employees with top-notch assistance and benefits that help you increase productivity, save time and money, and attract and retain a talented workforce. Headquartered in the Midwest and freeing more than 400 companies throughout the country, Employer Advantage is the trusted IRS-Certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO). We offer free consultations and strategic assessment of business needs, with quick-and-easy account setup and seamless transitions. 417-782-3909 | Toll-Free 800-467-3909 | info@EmployerAdvantage.com | Learn More: www.EmployerAdvantage.com

 

50% OFF LIVE PAYROLL WEBINAR

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Best Practices to Manage Your Multistate Payroll

December 09, 2019

11:00 a.m. (Central) – 12:30 p.m. (Central)

 

Employer Advantage’s Payroll Tax/Time and Attendance Specialist Debbie Cash, CPP, will be giving a live webinar to ensure you are up-to-date on the ever-changing rules and regulations of multistate payroll issues.

Many companies who do business in more than one state do not understand how to determine which state they must pay taxes to. They also do not understand that each state has different laws regarding residents and nonresidents. This topic will give you guidelines on what factors determine which tax the employer must withhold. It will explain the differences of residents and nonresidents and how to properly report withholding. No employer wants to face huge fines and penalties for failing to be in compliance with state laws and regulations. The material covered will give you the tools necessary to make sure your business remains in compliance.

 

 

Click HERE to schedule this course at 50% off. 

 

 

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize which state you pay unemployment taxes to.
  • You will be able to identify State minimum wage rates.
  • You will be able to explain what nexus is and whether your company has it.
  • You will be able to define when a state law takes precedence over a federal law.

 

Agenda

 

Income Tax Withholding

 
  • What State Should I Withhold
  • Business Nexus
  • Reciprocity Between States
  • Reporting Requirements-Residents vs. Nonresidents
   
 

State Unemployment Insurance

 
  • Employees Working in More Than 1 State
  • What Is SUTA Dumping
  • Quarterly Wage Requirements and Electronic Reporting
   
 

Wage and Hour Issues

 
  • Federal/State Relationship
  • State W-4’s
  • State Minimum Wages
   
 

Local Taxes

 
  • Am I Required to Withhold
  • Where Do I Pay
  • Helpful Websites

 

Any Questions?

Debbie Cash, CPP

Debbie@EmployerAdvantage.com

417.782.3909 ext. 148

 

 

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About Employer Advantage

A New Path to HR Bliss — Trusted for more than 25 years, Employer Advantage frees business leaders from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so they can focus on what they do best: helping their business succeed. From energetic entrepreneurs to large corporations, we create a tailored and strategic approach to fit individual business needs and company culture.

Our suite of services includes Human Resources, Payroll, Health and Benefits, Safety, Compliance, Employment Taxes, Retirement, Employee Manuals and Training, Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Claims, OSHA, DOT, and more…

More than a slick software solution — Employer Advantage’s dedicated service teams save businesses time and money, while providing employees with top-notch assistance and benefits. We enhance profitability while reducing the costs associated with employment laws and the significant penalties for the failure to comply with them.

Employer Advantage is headquartered in the Midwest and serves more than 400 companies throughout the country. We offer free consultations and strategic assessment of business needs, with quick-and-easy account setup and seamless transitions. 417-782-3909 | Toll-Free 800-467-3909 | info@EmployerAdvantage.com | Learn More: www.EmployerAdvantage.com

 

EMPLOYER ADVANTAGE AWARDED MISSOURI WORKPLACE WELLNESS AWARD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

EMPLOYER ADVANTAGE AWARDED MISSOURI WORKPLACE WELLNESS AWARD

 Joplin, MO — July 3, 2019 — Employer Advantage, known for more than 25 years as the trusted Professional Employer Organization (PEO), announced today it has been awarded the Missouri Bronze Level Workplace Wellness Award, and will be recognized at an awards banquet hosted by the Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) in Columbia, MO, on July 18.

The Missouri Workplace Wellness Award is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) and the University of Missouri Extension, and was created to recognize employers that invest in creating working environments that support healthy behaviors.

“We are honored to be recognized with this award because it represents our commitment to health and wellness for our employees and our clients,” said Jared Young, Employer Advantage President. “From health fairs and flu shot clinics to wellness initiatives, we believe in providing a healthy and supportive workplace for our staff and assisting our clients in doing the same for their employees.”

Employer Advantage has a Staff Wellness Committee that was specifically formed in order to create new ways to promote health and wellness throughout the organization. Each January, Employer Advantage hosts a health fair open to all employees, clients, and client employees in which health screenings are provided at a very low cost, along with several health assessments from local-area businesses that promote wellness. In October, a flu shot clinic is offered. Employer Advantage’s health plan offers different smoking-cessation options for those wishing to quit, and a free, extensive weight-loss program. Employees are also incentivized with a stipend offered for any gym membership.

In addition, the breakroom at Employer Advantage has healthy snacks and a bulletin board showcasing tips for healthy eating, exercises employees can do at their desk, walking trails around the workplace, and tips on stress reduction.

About Employer Advantage

A New Path to HR Bliss — Trusted for more than 25 years, Employer Advantage frees business leaders from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so they can focus on what they do best: helping their business succeed. From energetic entrepreneurs to large corporations, we create a tailored and strategic approach to fit individual business needs and company culture. More than a slick software solution — Employer Advantage’s dedicated service teams save businesses time and money, while providing employees with top-notch assistance and benefits. We enhance profitability while reducing the costs associated with employment laws and the often-significant penalties for the failure to comply with them. Our comprehensive suite of services manages payroll, employment taxes, health and benefits, retirement, human resources, employee manuals, safety, training, workers’ compensation, OSHA, DOT, and more. Employer Advantage serves more than 400 companies throughout the country, with a special focus on the Midwest. We offer free consultations and strategic assessment of business needs, with quick-and-easy account setup and seamless transitions. 417-782-3909 | Toll-Free 800-467-3909 | info@EmployerAdvantage.com | Learn More: www.EmployerAdvantage.com

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